Category: Freelancing

20 Apr 2011
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Switching my main computer from PC to Mac

Image courtesy of All Systems Go Computer Consulting Last month I realised that my 3-year old desktop computer needed a serious upgrade; although it had 4 GB of RAM multitasking was becoming gradually slower and the processor was not quite up to scratch. Not only that, my PC was enormous, taking up about one third […]

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10 Nov 2010
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My ITI wish list

матраци Image courtesy of Wired magazine The Institute of Translation and Interpreting will hold its General Meeting this Saturday (13 November). I urge all ITI members to attend if they can, or to vote by proxy if they haven’t already done so*. There are a number of important motions to be voted on, and I’m […]

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01 Oct 2010
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Where do all the translators go?

Last Saturday I attended the CIOL Centenary Members’ Day in London. This was my first CIOL Members’ Day, despite having been a member for about 7 years. There were lots of great speakers, but the two talks that attracted me most were Professor David Crystal HonFCIL on ‘Languages: Past, Present and Future’ and Michael Benis […]

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22 Oct 2009
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Getting into translation

Last Saturday I gave a talk at a Chartered Instituted of Linguists event on getting started in translation. I had one hour to give a rough overview of the skills you need to be successful as a translator, the type of work you might do, a ‘typical’ day, networking, how to approach potential clients, and […]

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21 Aug 2009
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Contingency planning for your freelance business

Céline over at Naked Translations wrote a post yesterday about back-up systems for freelancers, and invited others to share how they guard their businesses against data loss. Céline, if you’re reading, this post is my answer! I actually have what some might call a fairly paranoid approach to how I back-up my work, and have […]

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29 May 2009
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ITI Sustainability in Translation Conference – my experience: day 2

After a delightful evening meal at the library of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (the main conference venue), we reconvened early the next morning for another day of presentations, chat and lots of coffee. I felt that there was a perceptible shift on the second day towards the more practical, day-to-day aspects of translation and […]

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20 May 2009
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ITI Sustainability in Translation conference – my experience: day 1

Having now recovered from last weekend’s ITI Conference ‘Sustainability in Translation’, at which I co-presented with Sarah Dillon, I’d like to share some of the key points I took away from it. At the conference I attended last November, I decided to ‘live tweet’ from the event. But this time somehow the mood just didn’t […]

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